The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
It's day one of Cheltenham, and Derek is joined by horse racing reporter, Michael Fortune, to study the form ahead of today's big race, the Champion hurdle. Brenda Donohue gets her dancing shoes on and discovers social jiving, the new dance craze arising from the growing popularity of modern country music. And ornithologist Eric Dempsey talks about what YOU can do to help your local birdlife flourish this spring!
We'll be keeping an eye on all today's racing action from Cheltenham, in the company of RTÉ Racing's Michael Fortune and Barry Orr from Betfair. Tony Hehir will provide commentary on the 15:20 Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy (Grade 1), and the 1600 OLBG Mares' Hurdle (Grade 2). For more information on RTÉ's coverage of the Cheltenham Festival, visit www.rte.ie/sport/racing.
We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!
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Tuesday, March 11th 2014
True or false: Ruby Walsh and Tony McCoy are both famous jockeys?
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Whilst onboard they'll enjoy dazzling West End style shows, relax in the spa, or take shore leave in the Bahamas. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is enter!
All you have to do to nominate your mammy for this fabulous prize is simply upload a picture of your mammy and tell us in a few short words why she’s the best! Click here to enter! The closing date is Friday, March 21st 2014 at 14:00.
The prize includes:
Return flights for two persons from Dublin to Orlando.
One pre-night three-star hotel stay in Orlando.
Seven-night Caribbean Cruise, sailing on Royal Caribbean International in a standard or oceanview stateroom (subject to availability).
All meals included (except speciality dining) evening entertainment, Casino Royale Movie Theatre access, use of the swimming pool and fitness centre.
For more information on how to enter the competition, click here.
Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.
If you want to be there, all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.
Tickets will be allocated to couples and groups of four people.
All attendees must make their own way to and from the venue.
There is no cash alternative to this prize.
Closing date for receipt of entries is April 25th 2014
Listeners of a certain vintage will recognise that music – it is of course the theme tune that accompanied Gay Byrne’s radio programme which ran on RTÉ Radio 1 from 1972 to 1999 – first as the Gay Byrne Hour and subsequently as The Gay Byrne Show.
He is – without a doubt – a legend amongst broadcasters – and still has a jazz programme on RTÉ lyric fm on Sundays (Sunday With Gay Byrne).
Gay was due to play the Íontas Centre, Castleblayney tomorrow Wednesday 12th and The Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Thursday 13th.
Both dates are sold-out but – we’re very sorry to hear that Gaybo is ill with a ferocious cold and because of that he will not be able to perform on those dates.
The good news is that organisers have managed to move both shows to new dates and Gay Byrne will now appear at the Íontas Centre, Castleblayney on Wednesday, April 23rd, and the Ramor Theatre, Virginia on Thursday, April 24th.
So if you know anyone who has tickets for these events please let them know so they can make arrangements – and from all of us here on Mooney, we wish Gaybo the very best for a speedy recovery!
Spring has sprung! The daffodils are out. The evenings are getting longer. Met Eireann say we’re going to have this mild, dry weather for the next few days with – shock horror – even a little sunshine! So what does this mean for our birds? Ornithologist Eric Dempsey, from the Birds of Ireland News Service (BINS) is studio with us to explain...
ERIC’S TIPS FOR SPRING
- Clean out existing nestboxes NOW! - If you are erecting a new nestbox, make sure it is facing North or North East. Birds won’t occupy a South-facing nestbox as it’s too warm for them. - Reduce the number of feeders in your garden. You don’t have to remove them altogether. - If you have a problem with birds attacking windows or mirrors, it’s because it’s mating season. Young males are defending their territories and are fighting their reflections, thinking they are rival males. Try to cover up the reflection for the next few weeks.
Spring Migrant Workshop
Eric will be hosting a Spring Migrant workshop next month. It's on April 12th from 9.30am-5.00pm in Sycamore Hill near Newcastle in Wicklow. It will start with an indoor workshop on how migrants get here, how they deal with the weather etc. Then there is lunch and then there is a field trip to the Wicklow Coast to look for migrants like Wheat Ears, Swallows, Sand Martins and Warblers. Full details on www.birdsireland.com. Cost is €75 To book a place e-mail Eric at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.
UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:
Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted. It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.
Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made. This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.
The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:
(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).
The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.
BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal. In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.
BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.
To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.
Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.
If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie